24 May FBI Mum on Number of Probes Hindered by Encryption
Earlier this week, the FBI had reportedly denied a request made by ZDNet under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to find out how many of their investigations had suffered because of device encryption.
The agency had recently made a statement that complained that thousands of encrypted phones are hindering its investigations. However, it refused to back its claims, saying that the information was exempt from disclosure and reasoned that the records “could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.” and would not confirm if the records do indeed exist.
Robyn Greene, policy counsel and government affairs lead at New America’s Open Technology Institute, remarked that it was useless to know that the FBI could not break into thousands of phones if 99 percent of those phones weren’t important to making their case.